Derek Sherinian - Snake's Alive!

By Dark Starr

Derek Sherinian probably came onto most people's radar when he replaced Kevin Moore as the keyboardist in Dream Theater, but the truth is that was far from his first journey into the rock music spotlight. He had been at the music game for a long time before that and had actually played in such highprofile slots as Alice Cooper's band and the non-makeup version of Kiss.

While he's no longer a member of Dream Theater Sherinian has kept himself busy both with his band Planet X and a solo career, yet has still found time to work with other musicians. He's currently touring in Billy Idol's band.For more information about Sherinian and his projects you can check out Do that after you read this interview, though. In this exchange Sherinian talks about a lot of the guests on his latest CD, a unique cover song and a lot more.

WORMWOOD CHRONICLES: It’s been a while since we chatted, can you catch the readers up on what’s been going on with you?

DEREK SHERINIAN: I am currently in Bucharest , Romania on tour with Billy Idol having a great time. I am also doing European press to promote "Blood Of The Snake"

WC: You’ve been playing for quite a while now. How do you keep the experience fresh both for you and the fans?

DS: The key for me is to always play music that is inspiring to me, and to surround myself with great musicians.

WC: Your latest disc features a lot of guests – I’m going to come back to that with a second question in a minute, but John Petrucci happens to be one of those guests. During one interview I did with you it seemed that there was some bad blood regarding your departure from Dream Theater. Does this mean that things have been resolved between you and the DT guys?

DS: I have never had hard feelings with Dream Theater. It was great to work with John again, I think that he did a great job.

WC: So, going back to the guests on the disc, how did that come about and are there any particular moments that stand out for you on this one?

DS: There were many- The Zakk Wylde sessions were a lot of fun, and it is always cool to work with Yngwie in the studio.

WC: You covered the song “In the Summertime” by Mungo Jerry. How did that come about?

DS: The song was a childhood favorite of mine. Billy and I had discussed covering this song before. He suggested that Slash should play guitar, so we called him up!

WC: Are there still musicians out there you’d like to play with, but haven’t had the chance?

DS: I have said many times that I would love to work with Eddie Van Halen and Jeff Beck.

WC: Do you think that downloading of music is a help or hindrance to the careers of musicians?

DS: Yes, Illegal downloads cut into the artist profits in a huge way. i wish that the laws could be enforced more.

WC: It’s been said by the major labels that it’s essentially the heart of all the problems they are having in terms of lower sales – would you agree?

DS: Yes, for sure.

WC: In a related question, how do you feel about fans taping and trading live shows?

DS: I think that fans should respect the bands that they listen to, and not cheat them out of monies.

WC: What kind of touring plans do you have?

DS: I have no solo touring plans. I will stay on the road with Billy Idol until August 19

WC: These next couple we tend to ask of everyone. The first two sort of showcase musician as music fan. First, what was the last CD you bought, or what have you been listening to lately?

DS: It had been longer than i can remember since I have purchased a CD.

WC: What about the last concert you attended for your enjoyment?

DS: I don't even remember!

WC: Finally, are there any closing thoughts you’d like to get out there?

DS: There are music samples of "Blood of the Snake" on for you to check out! Thanks for your support!

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